114 OFWs Arrive From Middle East

9 November 2012


The influx of fleeing overseas Filipino workers from the Middle East poured again on Friday as 114 repatriates arrived safe and sound at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

The latest batch of distressed OFWs flew from Syria and Jordan in separate flights.

A small contingent of OFWs from strife-torn Syria arrived onboard Emirates Flight EK 332, which planed in at the NAIA Terminal 1 at 4 p.m.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said the latest batch of 49 Filipinos arriving home brought the total number of repatriates to 2,930.

Their repatriation was shouldered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the OWWA added.

The agency said these distressed workers had to be repatriated since the political crisis escalated in Syria.

The OWWA welcomed the returning OFWs who were provided assistance in going through immigration and customs formalities.

More than half of the arriving OFWs at the NAIA also came from Jordan. They flew in the country onboard Gulf Air Flight GF 156 at 4:05 p.m.

A mandatory repatriation and a deployment ban have been implemented in Syria since it was declared under Crisis Alert Level 4 last year.

As of Nov. 6, there are at least 192 Filipinos, who are being given refuge by the Philippine Embassy in Damascus while their repatriation is being processed.